In our Huawei Ascend P1 review we rated the android smartphone very highly. You got a lot of smartphone for your money. So how does the new Huawei Ascend P2 stack up?
The credentials certainly look impressive, with an enormous 4.7 inch HD screen, 13 megapixel camera, the latest version of android at release (4.1 Jellybean), a depth of just 8.4mm and includes pretty much everything you expect of a quality smartphone.
Dull and boring?
Some have said that the plain black slab of polycarbonate is somewhat dull and boring but we have always considered the fact that there isn’t a lot you can do to change the basic design of something that is, well, a plain black slab, to make it much more interesting. Most of us will be looking at the screen and that is far more interesting as we discover.
Overall though the Huawei Ascend P2 is a tall, slim smartphone and that’s what it looks like. We’re not sure why there is anything wrong with that. It is aesthetically pleasing enough and it is a smartphone that you will not be embarrassed to show off to your friends and family. The single piece back panel, which isn’t removable so no swappable battery I’m afraid, gently curves around the sides to meet the front edges of the phone which both looks and feels good with no obvious gaps to trap dust.
Brilliant 4.7 inch screen
Most of us will spend our time with our smartphones looking at the screen, and the 4.7 inch Gorilla Glass 2 screen is brilliant. with a resolution of 1280×720 and 312 pixels per inch, colours are bright, sharp and vivid. In fact the Samsung Galaxy S4 usually gets the accolades from most quarters for having one of the best screens but we think this is even better with whites looking white, more so than on the Samsung which now looks a little faded in comparison. Huawei use an IPS LCD screen which are am improvement over AMOLED screens such as used by Samsung and are better to view from an angle too.
The touchscreen is one of the most responsive we have seen, and if you’re worried about getting your mitts cold in the winter – or at anytime if you’re a foreign footballer playing in the UK – there is even a “Glove” mode which increases sensitivity. It really does work too!
13 megapixel camera!
Something else found all too rarely on phones is a dedicated camera button so you will be happy to note that Huawei include one here for the excellent 13 megapixel camera which includes an LED flash. Pictures were clear and bright outdoors without looking too vivid though as is the norm with camera phones, indoor shots appeared a little less bright. It is a thoroughly decent camera nonetheless which also records superb HD video at 1080p and like most smartphone cameras these days you will find them as good as many compact cameras.
In fact both Kodak and Panasonic have announced in recent months that they will stop producing compact cameras as sales are plunging not because of the recession as such but because of the continuing improvements of smartphone cameras and the camera on the Huawei Ascend P2 is a good example of this.
This powerful smartphone is run by a 1.5GHz Huawei processor which will make web browsing and HD video viewing a breeze with no lag and the ability to run several apps at once with no problems whatsoever. The manufacturers have included their own Emotion UI (user interface) which doesn’t alter the stock android too much and isn’t heavy on available memory. Like most tweaks, you either like it or you don’t but it’s easy to customise any android smartphone to the way you want it to look. Emotion UI is a pleasant enough addition without offering anything spectacular.
Memory and connectivity
The 16GB inbuilt memory will be ample for most people but there is no additional memory card slot. Connectivity is excellent though with Wi-Fi and stereo bluetooth present as well as NFC and aGPS, which also uses GLONASS, the Russian satellite system thus improving accuracy which also helps the handset locate satellites indoors.
Call and overall sound quality is also crystal clear and among the best in class. In fact there is little not to like about the Huawei Ascend P2 which is another sublime effort at a price which will not break the bank. If you are not one of those people who buys solely because you want a premium brand then the Huawei is probably the best value high-end smartphone on the market today and you would be making a mistake not to give it some serious consideration